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  • Situation comedy on television has thrived for years on "canned" laughter grafted by gaglines by technicians using records of guffawing audiences that have been dead for years.
    * Russell Baker


  • Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
    * Jean Baudrillard


  • Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set.
    * Raymond Chandler


  • You are the most powerful cultural force in the world.
    * William Jefferson Clinton


  • What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.
    * Salvador Dali


  • Do not, on a rainy day, ask your child what he feels like doing, because I assure you that what he feels like doing, you won't feel like watching.
    * Fran Lebowitz


  • I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.
    * Groucho Marx


  • Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America--not on the battlefields of Vietnam.
    * Marshall McLuhan


  • If we had had the right technology back then, you would have seen Eva Braun on the Donahue show and Adolf Hitler on Meet the Press.
    * Ed Turner


  • There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment than the TV set.
    * Harriet Van Horne


  • I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.
    * Alice Walker


  • I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
    * Orson Welles


  • Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able to see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially interested in almost nothing.
    * E. B. White